Solicitors’ indemnity insurance: Is the withdrawal of insurers creating a black hole for policyholders? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2013 in disclosure, indemnities, insurance, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

“Professional indemnity insurance (‘PII’) cover for solicitors is notoriously forgiving to policyholders on the issue of non-disclosure.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 18th October 2013

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Society backs challenge to advocacy quality scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 24th, 2013 in barristers, judicial review, Law Society, news, quality assurance by tracey

“The Law Society was today granted permission to intervene in the judicial review of the Legal Services Board’s approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd October 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

LSB sparks fresh independence row with call for regulators to have lay chairs – Legal Futures

“The frontline regulators need lay chairs at the helm so as to cut the ‘overly strong ties’ that still exist with their branches of the profession and have held back change, the Legal Services Board (LSB) said yesterday.”

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Legal Futures, 9th October 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitors and consumers split over widening ombudsman’s remit to unregulated providers – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2013 in dispute resolution, Law Society, legal ombudsman, legal profession, news by sally

“Solicitors and consumer representatives have come out on opposite sides of the Legal Ombudsman’s (LeO) proposal to extend its remit to the estimated 130,000 unregulated legal services providers operating in England and Wales.”

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

ASA dismisses complaints against Law Society’s anti-insurer advertising campaign – Litigation Futures

Posted August 29th, 2013 in advertising, complaints, insurance, Law Society, news by sally

“The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed complaints made about the Law Society’s ‘Don’t get mugged by an insurer’ campaign without an investigation.”

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Litigation Futures, 28th August 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Cost of practising as a solicitor to rise sharply – Legal Futures

“The cost of practising as a solicitor is set to rise at a rate of more than four times inflation, if the Law Society’s council approves figures that will be put before it later this week.”

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law Society defies scholars with Mendham Collection auction – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2013 in auctioneers, budgets, Christianity, Law Society, legal aid, news by sally

“The Law Society, facing straitened times following successive cuts in legal aid, is auctioning a collection of rare Reformation-era bibles and religious tracts in defiance of protests from scholars.”

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Unite Against the Cuts – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Posted May 30th, 2013 in civil justice, Law Society, legal aid, news by sally

“Lucy Scott-Moncrieff urges you to join the fight.”

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 25th May 2013

Source: www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk

Society urges super-regulator to delay advocacy scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 2nd, 2013 in advocacy, law firms, Law Society, news, quality assurance, solicitors, tenders by sally

“The Law Society’s chief executive has urged super-regulator the Legal Services Board to delay implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), in recognition of the ‘profound shifts and uncertainties’ afflicting criminal practitioners.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st May 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

And so it begins – Litigation Futures

Posted April 2nd, 2013 in fees, Law Society, legal profession, news by sally

“So here we are at last, nearly five years since the then Master of the Rolls, Lord Clarke, announced his intention to launch what turned out to be the Jackson review (a story I broke, if I can be allowed the immodesty of mentioning it). It has certainly had its ups and downs since then, the biggest up undoubtedly being the 2010 election result, without which Sir Rupert’s report may well still be lying in the long grass.”

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Litigation Futures, 2nd April 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

LSC drops legal aid contract changes – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 11th, 2013 in contracts, disclosure, Law Society, legal aid, news, prosecutions by sally

“The Legal Services Commission has agreed to drop controversial changes to ongoing legal aid contracts following talks with the Law Society.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th February 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Regulate will-writing to avoid ‘race to the bottom’, Society urges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2012 in consultations, Law Society, news, wills by sally

“The Law Society today backed plans to extend the list of reserved activities to include will-writing and estate administration.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th July 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Society condemns out-of-court sentencing plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 14th, 2011 in Law Society, magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“The Law Society has criticised Nick Herbert’s proposal to give magistrates power to issue summary sentences outside of court, which it says could leave defendants without access to proper advice.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th December 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Host of Solicitors from Hell-style sites appear following court action – The Lawyer

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in defamation, injunctions, internet, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

“The Law Society spent roughly £150,000 on shutting down the website Solicitors from Hell but faces a latest setback as it has emerged that similar websites attacking UK firms are appearing online, with some said to be hosted abroad to protect them from the British authorities.”

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The Lawyer, 22nd November 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Solicitors from Hell owner’s defamation bid was ‘abuse of court process’ – The Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2011 in complaints, defamation, internet, Law Society, news by sally

“Mr Justice Tugendhat has dismissed a £1m defamation claim launched against Law Society chief executive Des Hudson by Solicitors from Hell owner Rick Kordowksi, branding the bid ‘an abuse of the court process’.”

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The Lawyer, 21st October 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Lord Justice Jackson calls for Govt rethink on legal aid cuts – Legal Week

Posted September 8th, 2011 in bills, costs, Law Society, legal aid, news by sally

“Lord Justice Jackson – the author of the current shake-up of civil litigation costs – has criticised controversial Government cuts to legal aid, warning the reforms are ‘contrary to [my] recommendations’.”

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Legal Week, 7th September 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

Law Soc raises lawyer surveillance concerns with phone-hacking inquiry – Legal Week

Posted September 6th, 2011 in inquiries, interception, Law Society, media, news, telecommunications by sally

“The Law Society has written to the Leveson Inquiry to express its concerns over fresh allegations that lawyers acting for phone-hacking victims have been targeted by private investigators.”

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Legal Week, 5th September 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

Law Society to hold superinjunction debate – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 1st, 2011 in injunctions, Law Society, media, news, privacy by sally

“A Law Society debate will this month consider how superinjunctions can survive in an era of social media.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st September 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lawcast 193: Sundeep Bhatia, Law Society Council member on diversity in the profession – Charon QC

Posted August 25th, 2011 in diversity, Law Society, legal profession, podcasts by sally

“Today I am talking to solicitor Sundeep Bhatia, a Law Society Council member and is a former Chair of the Society of Asian Lawyers. Sundeep is the proprietor of Beaumonde Law Practice in Middlesex and specialises in employment law.”

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Charon QC, 24th August 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Law Society takes on Solicitors from Hell website – BBC News

Posted July 21st, 2011 in defamation, internet, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

“A website which claims to name and shame under-performing lawyers is facing legal action from the Law Society for alleged defamation.”

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BBC News, 21st July 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk